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Sep9

Introduction to Mountain Dulcimer

The Freight Online

6 Wednesday Nights, 7-8:15pm 9/9-10/14/20 Online via Zoom $130.50 - $155.00 Mountain Dulcimer is one of the easiest & most fulfilling instruments to play. Once it's tuned you can hardly make a mistake. And though it's beautiful with "high piney" tunes from the Appalachian Mountains, it also lends itself to more contemporary music like The Beatles & Leonard Cohen.

In these 6 classes you learn 2 tunings, a couple of tunes each meeting, how to follow dulcimer tablature, some chords and strums to help you out with your musical pursuits. Once you've done that, you can join in on jams & ensemble classes Deborah offers.

NOTE: You will need a dulcimer for this class. If you are local, I have loaner dulcimers available for a $50 deposit. To purchase one yourself, I recommend looking for the following brands, new or used: New Harmony Dulcimer Co., Folkcraft, McSpadden, Blue Lion. Write me at deborahj@djhamouris.com for more info on this important choice.

Sep9

Mountain Dulcimer 2

The Freight Online

6 Wednesday Nights, 5:30-6:45 pm PDT 9/9-10/14/20 Online via Zoom $130.50 - $155 Mountain Dulcimer II is designed for those with some familiarity on their instrument. We will explore scales, finger-dexterity exercises, chords and at least two tunings. New tunes will be presented each week in the chord-melody and cross-string techniques. Ornaments, such as hammers, pulls & slides, will be incorporated into lessons & applied to tunes.

*Pre-requisites: comfort with tuning and tablature, some melody tune experience, understanding of fretting and basic strums, and a nodding acquaintance with chords.

Quarantune Dulcimer Festival 2.0

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Quarantune Dulcimer Festival 2.0

Join the Largest online Dulcimer Festival, ever! 2 days of workshops for mountain & hammer dulcimer + loads of other instruments. 3 days of concerts, including performances by inspiring artists from all over the US & a couple of international ones. $10 a class, sign up for what you want. I'm teaching 8 classes, 4 of which are still open until 8/23, when registration closes. My performance will be 8/29 around 9pm EDT! All info on the website -- hope to see you in my zoom room!

Feb8

Paperless Jam

BFUU, 1st Floor, 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA

PAPERLESS JAM!!monthly, usually 2nd SaturdayBring 2 or more tunes you know by heart to share/teach/lead with the group. DJ will help you lead.Everyone plays the tune til we all get it!Calling chords is super!Donation of $5-$20, sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.I'll have copies of Dave Hass' Dulcimer Jam book available for $40 (my price) if you want to take one home to study up.

$5-$20

Jan25

Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra Rehearsal

BFUU, 1st Floor, 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA

The Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra is the brainchild of Deborah Hamouris, who teaches and performs from her home base in Berkeley, California.Conducted by Steve Eulberg and Deborah, this ensemble began in the Fall of 2014 and held it’s first rehearsals and performance at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. Learning sessions/rehearsals for the 2020 season begin 1/25/20 with performances in May & June.See the website for videos of previous performances, our 2020 schedule, and to sign up for this fun and exciting ensemble. We have parts for advanced beginner to experienced players. sign-up form is at the bottom of the link given in the ticket url.https://owlmountainmusic.com/dulcimer/dulcimer-orchestra/berkeley-dulcimer-orchestra/?fbclid=IwAR32_nUzDN68pwL1N0ZrGqolpO3G6QyrYT5S7U-da4EgzLS7B3b2JyYbbFQ

$150-$230 + materials & CD fees

Jan12

Intro to Mountain Dulcimer

Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Allston Street, Berkeley, CA

6 Sundays, 1/12-20-2/16/20, 5-6:15pm

Mountain Dulcimer is one of the easiest & most fulfilling instruments to play. Once it's tuned you can hardly make a mistake. And though it's beautiful with "high piney" tunes from the Appalachian Mountains, it also lends itself to more contemporary music like The Beatles & Leonard Cohen. In these 6 classes you learn 2 tunings, a couple of tunes each meeting, how to follow dulcimer tablature, some chords and strums to help you out with your musical pursuits. Once you've done that, you can join in on jams & ensemble classes Deborah offers. NOTE: You will need a dulcimer for this class. If you need to borrow one, I have 3 loaners which must be reserved prior to the first class. To purchase one yourself, I recommend looking for the following brands, new or used: Sweetwoods, Folkcraft, Folk Roots, Capritaurus, McSpadden, Blue Lion. Sweetwoods offers a student model for $139.00, new, which you can trade in on another model. Write me at deborahj@djhamouris.com for more info on this important choice. DJ Hamouris Deborah (DJ to her friends) is a performer, songwriter, teacher, recording artist, choral director, and community music organizer. She teaches mountain dulcimer classes at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse; directs the singing group Women & Song; and teaches private voice, mountain dulcimer, and songwriting. Deborah founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at The Freight in 2013, continuing to it's 8th annual events in May, 2020. With Steve Eulberg, she co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra in 2014 , currently in it's 7th season. Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist as well as a traditionally-influenced songsmith on her dulcimer. DJ has seven recordings, the most recent being a collaboration with renowned guitarist, Mimi Fox -- “1 in 8,” songs written during her year as a breast cancer patient. This music accompanies their theatrical show of the same name, including personal stories from a patient’s perspective. A book of her music and original arrangements is planned for a 2019 release in celebration of her 40th year with the dulcimer. DJ lives in her Oakland craftsman cottage with Buffalo. When time and the cat permit, she knits. Learn more about DJ at djhamouris.com.

$130.50-$155.00

Jan11

Paperless Jam

BFUU, 1st Floor, 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA

PAPERLESS JAM!!monthly, usually 2nd SaturdayBring 2 or more tunes you know by heart to share/teach/lead with the group. DJ will help you lead.Everyone plays the tune til we all get it!Calling chords is super!Donation of $5-$20, sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.I'll have copies of Dave Hass' Dulcimer Jam book available for $40 (my price) if you want to take one home to study up.

$5-$20

Nov16

No-Tab Dulcimer Jam

BFUU, Downstairs, 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA

NO-TAB JAM!!Bring 2 or more tunes you know by heart to share/teach/lead with the group. DJ will help you leadEveryone plays the tune til we all get it!Calling chords is super! Monthly meetings, 3rd Saturday in September, October, November.We'll talk about forming a dulcimer club and what that would entail.RSVP djh@berkeleydulcimergathering.com Sliding scale $5-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds Copies of Dave Haas' Jam book available to take home at my cost ($40)

$5-$20, no one turned away for l

Nov10

Indian Summer Book Release Concert & Party

Berkeley Fellowship Unitarian Universalist Church, 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita Avenue), Berkeley, CA

A Grand Concert & Celebration for the release of my first book!

Performing music from the book, recordings, + new music:

DJ Hamouris

with

Buffalo, dulcimer & voice

Mimi Fox, guitar

Steve Eulberg, dulcimers

Michael Smolens, alto flute

Jon Berger, fiddle

and Kalia Kliban

calling several English country dances at the end of the concert. Everyone is invited to dance!

$30 includes book; $15 for just the event

for more information on the book, go to http://indiansummerbook.comTickets at https://indiansummerparty.brownpapertickets.com/

Bubbly & tasty snacks will be served!

$15/$30 includes book

Nov4

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer Ensemble

Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Allston Street, Berkeley, CA

6 Monday nights, 7-8:15pm, 11/4-12/9/19 We'll have fun learning to play in an ensemble with duets, trios, and possibly more. Genres will include classical, early music, and folk tunes. A good workout for the intermediate player! You should feel comfortable reading tablature and practicing during the week. Some music may use a capo, and we will be employing ornaments, finger-picking and flat-picking, as needed. Music will be given before each class, so you can study your part at home. Those pre-registered will get a digital packet before the first class.

$130/$140 after 10/28/19

Nov4

Mountain Dulcimer 2 Class

Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Allston Street, Berkeley, CA

  6 Mondays, 5:30-6:45 pm, 11/4-12/9$130.00 advance / $140.00 after 10/28/19Mountain Dulcimer II is designed for those with some familiarity on their instrument. We will explore scales, finger-dexterity exercises, chords and at least two tunings. New tunes will be presented each week in the chord-melody and cross-string techniques.*Pre-requisites: comfort with tuning and tablature, some melody tune experience, understanding of fretting and basic strums, and a nodding acquaintance with chords.

$130/$140 after 10/28/19

Oct19

No-Tab Dulcimer Jam

BFUU, Downstairs, 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA

NO-TAB JAM!!Bring 2 or more tunes you know by heart to share/teach/lead with the group. DJ will help you leadEveryone plays the tune til we all get it!Calling chords is super! Monthly meetings, 3rd Saturday in September, October, November.We'll talk about forming a dulcimer club and what that would entail.RSVP djh@berkeleydulcimergathering.com Sliding scale $5-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds Copies of Dave Haas' Jam book available to take home at my cost ($40)

$5-$20, no one turned away for l

Sep21

No-Tab Dulcimer Jam

BFUU, Downstairs, 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA

NO-TAB JAM!!Bring 2 or more tunes you know by heart to share/teach/lead with the group. DJ will help you leadEveryone plays the tune til we all get it!Calling chords is super! Monthly meetings, 3rd Saturday in September, October, November.We'll talk about forming a dulcimer club and what that would entail.RSVP djh@berkeleydulcimergathering.com

$5-$20 no one turned away for la

Sep16

Introduction to Mountain Dulcimer

Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Allston Street, Berkeley, CA

6 Mondays, September 16th - Monday, October 21st Register here: https://www.thefreight.org/event/1881106-introduction-mountain-berkeley/ Mountain Dulcimer is one of the easiest & most fulfilling instruments to play. Once it's tuned you can hardly make a mistake. And though it's beautiful with "high piney" tunes from the Appalachian Mountains, it also lends itself to more contemporary music like The Beatles & Leonard Cohen. In these 6 classes you learn 2 tunings, a couple of tunes each meeting, how to follow dulcimer tablature, some chords and strums to help you out with your musical pursuits. Once you've done that, you can join in on jams & ensemble classes Deborah offers. NOTE: You will need a dulcimer for this class. If you need to borrow one, I have 3 loaners which must be reserved prior to the first class. To purchase one yourself, I recommend looking for the following brands, new or used: Sweetwwods, Folkcraft, Folk Roots, Capritaurus, McSpadden, Blue Lion. Sweetwoods offers a student model for $125.00, new, which you can trade in on another model. Write me at deborahj@djhamouris.com for more info on this important choice. Deborah (DJ to her friends) is a performer, songwriter, teacher, recording artist, choral director, and community music organizer. She teaches mountain dulcimer classes at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse; directs the singing group Women & Song; and teaches private voice, mountain dulcimer, and songwriting. Deborah founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at The Freight in 2013, continuing to it's 8th annual events in May, 2020. With Steve Eulberg, she co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra in 2014 , currently in it's 7th season. Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist as well as a traditionally-influenced songsmith on her dulcimer. DJ has seven recordings, the most recent being a collaboration with renowned guitarist, Mimi Fox -- “1 in 8,” songs written during her year as a breast cancer patient. This music accompanies their theatrical show of the same name, including personal stories from a patient’s perspective. A book of her music and original arrangements is planned for a 2019 release in celebration of her 40th year with the dulcimer. DJ lives in her Oakland craftsman cottage with her husband and musical partner, Buffalo. When time and the cat permit, she knits.

$130/$140 after 9/3

Sep16

Fiddle Tunes: melody & harmony!

Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Allston Street, Berkeley, CA

6 Mondays, September 16th - Monday, October 21st Register here: https://www.thefreight.org/event/1881108-advanced-beginner-mountain-berkeley/ Advanced beginner level & up, some capo use.We'll explore classic Americana Fiddle tunes -- the melodies, the chords, and strums to help them come alive. DJ will introduce several tunes each session, along with chords, showing how to play on the melody string and how to create your own chord/melody arrangements. You'll learn how to "just play chords", to trade lead & rhythm parts, and get a few of these tunes learned by heart, so you can play in jams with other players, dulcimer or otherwise. Learning these basic tunes can help you in any old time music jam you come across! A great opportunity for social music-making. Text is David Haas' "Let's Jam" book, purchase from the teacher for $40 at first class. This book will also be used as a reference for monthly No-Tab Dulcimer Jams on the 3rd Saturday in Berkeley. Check the calendar for dates & location.

$130/$140 after 9/3

Aug25

Fiddle Tunes for Dulcimer Jams

Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Allston Street, Berkeley, CA

Register here: https://www.thefreight.org/event/1871943-fiddle-tunes-for-dulcimer-jams-berkeley/ Fiddle tunes are easy and fun to play!!! Advanced beginner and up. DJ will show each tune so you can learn by watching. Learn both the tunes and the chord progressions. Some capo use. Dulcimer tab for each will go home with you. This workshop is to help you get ready for our new, monthly jams: NO-TAB JAMS starting 9/21!

$40

Aug3

Haunting Aeolian Tunes for Mountain Dulcimer

Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Allston Street, Berkeley, CA

Mountain Dulcimer Tunes in Aeolian Mode (DAC tuning) (Advanced Beginners -Intermediate Players)$40 for 2.5 hour workshopThis haunting, minor-modal tuning allows us to play some beautiful tunes like Greensleeves & other old English folk tunes, Appalachian gospel, and even the Beatles! These tunes will be appropriate for those who have some strumming, cross-string, and finger-picking experience on the dulcimer. Please contact instructor if you've got questions. You must have your own dulcimer for this workshop.Teacher DJ HamourisDeborah (DJ to her friends) is a performer, songwriter, teacher, recording artist, choral director, and community music organizer. She teaches mountain dulcimer classes at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse; directs the singing group Women & Song; and teaches private voice, mountain dulcimer, and songwriting. Deborah founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at The Freight in 2013, continuing to it's 8th annual events in May, 2020. With Steve Eulberg, she co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra in 2014 , currently in it's 7th season. Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist as well as a traditionally-influenced songsmith on her dulcimer.DJ has seven recordings, the most recent being a collaboration with renowned guitarist, Mimi Fox -- “1 in 8,” songs written during her year as a breast cancer patient. This music accompanies their theatrical show of the same name, including personal stories from a patient’s perspective. A book of her music and original arrangements is planned for a 2019 release in celebration of her 40th year with the dulcimer.DJ lives in her Oakland craftsman cottage with Buffalo. When time and the cat permit, she knits.

$40

Jul21

Dulcimer U

Dulcimer U, 69 East University Way, Cullowhee, North Carolina

July 21-26, 2019 https://www.wcu.edu/engage/professional-enrichment/conferences-and-community-classes/dulcimer-u/ This is my first year teaching at Dulcimer U! The faculty is Mountain Dulcimer Royalty: run by Larry & Elaine Conger, there's also Aubrey Atwater, Karen Mueller, Aaron O'Rourke, Sarah Morgan and a host of others. You can learn at whatever level you're at, including complete beginner. There's something for everyone in this 6-day dulcimer extravaganza! Hope to see you in North Carolina this summer.

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Jul5

Dulcimer Extravaganza

The Place, 303 Lake St., Joseph, OR

The 9th annual Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas staff concert, otherwise known as the Dulcimer Extravaganza, will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm at The Place, 303 Lake St, in Joseph, OR. This is the fellowship hall located next door to the Joseph United Methodist Church. Dulcimer Week brings in the best performers and instructors from around the country. Heidi and Bob, who organize the week, will join nationally known dulcimer artists Dave Haas (WV), Sue Carpenter (TX), and Deborah Hamouris (CA) in a varied program of dulcimer music and song that will also include guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and electric cello.

Jun30

Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas

Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas, Hwy 82 Joseph, Oregon 97846, Joseph, Oregon

June 30-July 6, 2019 https://wallowadulcimer.com/dulcimer-week/ As of 4/22, there are still some openings at camp. Lodging is tight but people should contact Heidi Muller, at wallowadulcimer@gmail.com (plus there may be lodging offsite). July 4th week fills up everywhere in the region, eventually. Our 2019 instructors include Dave Haas, Sue Carpenter, Deborah Hamouris, and Bob Webb. We will again make music among the tall trees at the Wallowa Lake Camp and Conference Center, near the charming town of Joseph in northeastern Oregon, known for its bronze foundries and art galleries. Look for our ad in the winter issue of Dulcimer Players’ News and let your friends know about us! Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas is hosted by Heidi Muller & Bob Webb. ******Buffalo & I attended this camp in 2017, when I led the Dulcimer Orchestra, and I'm so excited to be invited back! What a beautiful place, tucked away in the northeast corner of Oregon near Joseph, OR. I get to dive in with the advanced beginners and intermediate students, challenging them, as I expect they will challenge me! As of 3/20 there is a 1 bedroom cabin available, double occupancy, due to a cancellation. Take advantage of this opportunity! Bring your spouse or friend and have a lovely vacation together. Lots of free time and great food at the camp.

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